Speak Gigantular is a startling short story collection from one of Britain’s rising literary stars. These stories are captivating, erotic, enigmatic and disturbing. Irenosen Okojie’s gift is in her understated humour, her light touch, her razor-sharp assessment of the best and worst of humankind, and her unflinching gaze into the darkest corners of the human experience. In these stories Okojie creates worlds where lovelorn aliens abduct innocent coffee shop waitresses, where the London Underground is inhabited by the ghosts of errant Londoners caught between here and the hereafter, where insensitive men cheat on their mistresses and can only muster enough interest to fall for one- dimensional poster girls and where brave young women attempt to be erotically empowered at their own peril. Sexy, serious and at times downright disturbing, this brilliant debut collection sizzles with originality.

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The Guardian

24 Apr 2017
8.0
Irenosen Okojie’s debut novel, Butterfly Fish, was published last year, winning a Betty Trask award. The story moves between 1970s London and 19th-century Benin in a multigenerational tale that uncovers family secrets and reimagines Yoruba royal hi ...
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New Orleans Review

24 Apr 2017
8.0
It is rare to come across a new book where the story or stories told are familiar, but cast in an genuinely uneasy light—one that unsettles while managing to be completely plausible, too close to the emotional truth to be dismissed as total fiction ...
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Tales from the Olympia

24 Apr 2017
6.0
A collection of weird and fantastical short stories, Jhalak Prize shortlisted Speak Gigantular is a captivating read. Usually I like to take my time with short stories, reading only a couple at a time, but Okojie’s collection sucked me in and I had ...
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merakipost.com

24 Apr 2017
7.0
Darkness motivates men, mobilises armies. Use it. You are a warrior. Show me your roar. People are scared of your power, frightened of what you can do with it.’ Irenosen Okojie has a powerful voice which can upturn ships and mellow down racing ...

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SIMILAR Books

Published:

September 15, 2016

Publisher:

Jacaranda Press

ISBN:

978-1-911-11545-8

Language:

English

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